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4 Stories In English & Spanish

by Joe Hayes
illustrated by Geronimo Garcia
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10-digit ISBN0-938317-43-1
13-digit ISBN978-0-938317-43-2
LanguageBilingual - English & Spanish
Also Available InTape
Page Count64
Product Dimensions10" x 8"
Publication DateOctober 1, 1998
RightsAll Rights Available
Do you know what a Terrible Tragadabas is? Or why the bossy rooster José can’t go to the wedding of his Uncle Perico? Or who gets to marry the butterfly, La Mariposa: the pig, the dog, the cat or the mouse? Or how come the elves gave the poor woman a pot of gold? Well, good news! Nationally known storyteller Joe Hayes teams up with illustrator Geronimo Garcia to answer all these questions with four of his most popular tales told in English and Spanish.

Teachers: We have teacher's resources for each story in Tell Me a Cuento.

Mariposa, Mariposa
Teachers' Guide to Mariposa, Mariposa

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Oh! / Lunes, Martes, Miércoles, ¡Oh!
Teachers' Guide to Monday, Tuesdau, Wednesday, Oh!

No Way, José! / ¡No Ninguna Manera, José!
Teachers' Guide to No Way, José!

The Terrible Tragadabas / El Terrible Tragadabas
Teachers' Guide to The Terrible Tragadabas
National Public Radio
Thanks for the new version of Cuéntame un Story...My five-year-old son has a stack of Spanish kids' story books taller than Pancho Villa's statue in Tucson Park. I have spoken only Spanish to him since his birth...However, the single most useful "aid" to his learning to speak Spanish is and was Tell Me a Cuento. He listened to the tapes, both sides alternately, over and over, and I have read El Terrible Tragadabas so many times it is as imprinted in my brain as the stewardesses instructions on Aero Mosca. I think you could replace the entire U.S. bilingual education program, including the State Department crash course and Univision, with an annual new release of Tell Me A Cuento and we'd be world leaders again. It is so good, I'm not sure y'all really understand what you've got.
- commentator Baxter Black, letter, July 7, 1998 
Albuquerque Journal
Let's hear it for the storyteller, the person who passes on to the next generation tales of a family, a culture, a region...That's what Joe Hayes does. He listens, he reads and he retells them. The proof is being there, as I was for several of his animated readings...El Paso's Geronimo Garcia did the fanciful, eye-catching, soft-toned illustrations for the book. From the front cover all the way to the final page of the final story, Garcia's art is a delight.
- September 6, 1998 
Children's Literature
Accomplished and well-known storyteller Hayes offers four tales in both English and Spanish. The first, "Mariposa," is the tale of a beautiful butterfly seeking a husband. When she meets him and marries, tragedy suddenly befalls the newlyweds, but through the kindness of her friends, mariposa loses herself in the beauty of the flowers. It is a bit of a pourquoi story, and also close to "La cucaracha," a story popular in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Oh!" is another familiar tale in which the poor but good woman is rewarded and the rich and selfish one gets her due. "No Way, Jose!" is amusing, while the "Terrible Tragadabas" contains a touch of mystery but is not really too scary for young kids. It is a delighful collection and a fine addition for those seeking bilingual books.
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